Guest Post: 9 AI Tools You Should Try
Jeremy from Wonder Tools shares with us some AI tools to try.
In this week’s guest post, Jeremy is sharing with us some AI tools to try.
Jeremy Caplan is a tech curator and educator who writes Wonder Tools, a weekly Substack newsletter that helps you discover the most useful sites and apps for creative productivity.
He also serves as Director of Teaching and Learning at CUNY's Newmark Graduate School of Journalism in New York City, and leads the school's Entrepreneurial Journalism Creators Program, a 100-day online program for independent journalists building new ventures—sites, newsletters, podcasts— around the world.
Jeremy has been exploring new AI applications that can compose music, make short videos, or redesign a room. Read on for summaries of free AI experiments that will take you just a minute or two to try.
Create a personalized children’s story 🧒 | Schrodi
Collaborate with AI on a free customized, illustrated story for someone special. Give your story’s hero a name, pick a genre (e.g. comedy, thriller), choose an illustration style (e.g. watercolor, 3d animation) and provide a prompt to shape a simple story. You can even suggest a moral. After a minute, download a full-color PDF to share. Or print it and read your new mini picture book aloud. 📖
Generate a quiz 🤔 | Piggy
Put in a link, a topic, or some text and you’ll get a quiz you can share, featuring multiple-choice or true-false questions. Example: try this quick entrepreneurship quiz Piggy generated for me.
Make a short video 🎥 | Wochit Video Creation Wizard
Make a 30-second video just by drafting a short prompt. You can then share a link to the video, download it, or refine your prompt and make another. Example: here’s a video I generated about how journalists can use AI.
Make music 🎶 | Google’s MusicLM
Type in a phrase to describe music you want to create. No musical lingo necessary. Just describe a feeling or sound. Here’s a short piece I generated that ended up sounding like a beginner’s video game soundtrack.
Alternative option: Meta’s new music generator lets you upload a music track and reshape it with AI based on your own prompt. Or just describe some music you’d like to hear. Example: below is a 15-second snippet of Ravel’s Bolero reshaped into a cheerful country song with acoustic guitars.
See if you can tell a human from a bot 🤖 | Human or Not
Chat with a stranger for two minutes, then guess if it was a human or a bot. 32% of people haven’t been able to distinguish between an AI and a human, AI21 labs reports, after analyzing the first two million attempts.
Get summaries of NPR stories 📻 | GistIt
If you like NPR coverage but don’t have time to listen to or read full stories, GistIt provides summaries so you can catch up efficiently.
Dream up a new room design 🏡 | Fotor AI Interior Design
Upload an image of a room in your home — or a room you love —and see what the room might look reimagined by an artist. Or type in text describing the look and feel of a room you’d love and see what the AI designs.
Another option: RoomAI lets you pick a style — e.g. minimalist or art deco, then upload a room photo. You’ll then see a photo showing your redesigned room.
Summarize anything via email 📧 | Shortwave
Forward an article link or a long email to email@example.com and you’ll get back a short summary. No sign-up, no cost, no wait. Use your existing email. Alternatively, forward an email with meeting info to firstname.lastname@example.org and get back a calendar invite. In addition to these tools, Shortwave has an up-and-coming new email service that’s like an AI-boosted version of Gmail.
See how you’ll look in 20 years 🧓 | Extrapolate
Upload a headshot and get a preview a minute later of what you’ll look like after a decade or two of aging. It’s free to use and your photo gets deleted after 24 hours. Warning: you might be freaked out by seeing your older self.
For more on AI tools, check out two of Jeremy’s recent pieces:
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